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FSB National Chairman joins the grass roots in Eastbourne

Mike Cherry, FSB’s National Chairman, (pictured, front right) visited the sunshine coast of Eastbourne to discuss business with local members. The group met at the Locker Room, a new purpose built business meeting facility which overlooks the lush lawns of the town’s International Tennis Centre in Devonshire Park. Mike was joined by businesses from the hospitality and visitor economy, from the media and printing sector, health and wellbeing and property development. Issues discussed included the need for business rate reform, the high costs of running a business, transport infrastructure in the south east (including the A27 and Gatwick airport) and the importance of physical and mental health at work.

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Following the business roundtable, Mike went to on to the East Sussex Apprentice Graduation event which was held at the new Welcome Building conference facility at Devonshire Park. To a packed hall of over 150 people, he presented the FSB sponsored Award for Best Overall Contribution to Business. In his address, he remarked upon the FSB’s tremendous support for apprenticeships across the south east and how important apprentices were as a ‘pipeline of talent’ to smaller, local businesses. As a fitting finale to the event, he summarised his judging of the Award category and welcomed winner, Emily Wright, of Locate East Sussex, to the stage.

“We were very pleased to welcome our National Chairman, Mike Cherry, to Sussex, and we thank our active volunteers and members for meeting with him,” said Sussex Area Leader, Jim Cunliffe (pictured, back left). Jim, who is also an Apprentice Ambassador for Sussex, added, “His contribution to the Apprentice Graduation, an important and high profile event in the Sussex business calendar, is very much appreciated.”